About Us

The Dork Shelf team endeavours to bring you the latest reviews, interviews, and opinions from the world of movies, video games, television, and comic books. Put some faces to names.


Will Perkins

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief - An avid filmgoer and die-hard gamer, Will has been writing about film and video games in various capacities for most of his adult life. He co-founded DorkShelf.com with Jeff Brown and Lucas Rizoli over beer & bruschetta in 2009. He is also an Editor at Art of the Title. Email - will@dorkshelf.com

Noah R. Taylor

Film Editor - Noah knows film. In addition to Dork Shelf, he has contributed to sites such as Indiewire and Art of the Title. His love of the medium always puts him on the side of the filmmaker when writing his reviews, so they have to go out out their way to get bad one. That being said, Noah’s opinion, while still just an opinion, is an educated one. From working in a video store, to studying film at Concordia University, acting in indie films, writing screenplays, to shooting and editing EPK material, he is a true cinephile who appreciates that when it comes to movies, no one will ever know all there is to know or see all there is to see.

Eric Weiss

Games Editor - Eric has been writing about video games ever since arriving in Toronto in 2010. A lifelong gamer and professional nerd, he is also a contributor to Indie Game Reviewer and wrote the script for the video game Apocalypse Later during TOJam in 2012. Email - eric@dorkshelf.com

Meredith Nudo

Meredith Nudo edits the comics section and sometimes writes comics of her own, including Psycho Girlfriend with artist Jessi Jordan, named one of the five best comics at Comicpalooza by the Houston Press in 2014. And sometimes she edits comics, too, because of the whole she's also an editor thing. She also co-hosts the Pop & Schlock Podcast, a weekly (allegedly) absurdly comedic show about the best and worst in movies, TV, comics and more, along with Dork Shelf editor Alva Coto and her sworn nemesis, author Jacob Dodd. You can say hello to her on Twitter at @meredithnudo, on Facebook at /hardcorenudoty or on her intermittently-updated blog Hardcore Nudoty.

Alva Coto

Alva is aiming for the Guinness World Record for 'person who can turn in the geekiest resume.' The manager of a comic book store by day, Alva also edits the comics section of Dork Shelf while also somehow finding time to co-host The Pop and Schlock Podcast, and start up a Geek Girl Brunch branch in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She can also be found in the wilds of Twitter, @nursemchurt. Rumor has it that offerings of Chris Pratt GIFs are the best way to summon her attention.

Jonathan Ore

Associate Editor - Jonathan is an editor and video games writer at Dork Shelf, and brings with that expertise a dangerously encyclopedic knowledge of professional wrestling, Transformers and Power Rangers. He is also an associate producer and arts & entertainment writer for CBC News. Email - jonathan@dorkshelf.com


Joel Minty

Joel Minty is a man of many funny lists if only he could find time for the source material. As such, his articles are mostly vague memories of the '90s mixed with a fervent love of Nintendos, real-time strategy games, and Futurama. He was the host of You Guessed It! You Can't Unguess It! Futurama Trivia for two years in Toronto, where he was voted "Most Likely to be the Only Person to Host Two Years of Futurama Trivia" – a trophy he covets. Recently Joel has scored a three-book publishing deal with Realmwalker Publishing Group to produce his Imbalance epic fantasy novels. Purge of Ashes, Book One of the Imbalance, will be/was released on April 5, 2016.

Zack Kotzer

This hopeless weirdo is a bit of a culture addict, given an NES and Bubble Bobble at a young age all going downhill from there. Zack is the assistant editor of Canadian culture mag, Steel Bananas as well as a contributing writer to the SPACE Channel, Newsarama and Torontoist. Zack is also working on a new safe haven for nerds called Giygas, though a word of warning, if you ask him about it, he will tell with gusto. Email - zack@dorkshelf.com

Ian MacIntyre

Ian MacIntyre is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and comedian who performs regularly as part of the Sketchersons and Approximately 3 Peters. He also enjoys sushi but hates prepared seafood, making him the worst East Coaster ever. More info at ianmac.ca.

Peter Counter

Peter Counter is a freelance culture writer with relevant obsessions in television, film, and games (board, card and video). Trapped in a state of constant nostalgia and enthusiasm for well told stories, he is an avid fan of Hannibal, an unsullied Game of Thrones viewer, and convinced that he will never love another show like he once loved LOST. Peter is also the author of several plays, including an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Rats In The Walls.

Brian Crosby

Brian has written for television shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Royal Canadian Air Farce. He’s a big fan of Pixar movies and was personally slighted by Cars. You can see more of his work at BrianCrosby.net.

Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a Toronto-based film critic and entertainment journalist who contributes ramblings about film, comedy, and other pop culture obsessions to websites and publications like Dork Shelf, The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, The Globe And Mail, C&G Magazine, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, High Def Digest, iChill, and others. He’s also appeared on CTV and made a variety of podcast and radio appearances to help delay his inevitable typing-related carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dave Voigt

David Voigt has been a lover of cinema all his life and an actual underpaid critic for a solid five years. He discovered his movie, music, and pop culture nerd powers may actually have some positive uses out there in the universe, covering everything that the city of Toronto and beyond has to offer. He was a content manager in video distribution industry before that and his love of all things cinema goes back to his first moments in awe looking up at the big screen. His 12 years of experience on the home entertainment side of the business have provided him with a unique view on pretty much everything as he can also be found as editor-in-chief over at http://intheseats.ca and appearing on radio, TV, and podcasts as often as is humanly possible.

Susan Stover

Susan is a writer in Toronto. A lover of television, film, and literature she is currently obsessed with (to count just a few) Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, Veep, Broad City, Community and House. Occasionally uncouth and unabashedly feminist, when she’s not eating cheese with what can only be referred to as ‘wild abandon’, she spends a lot of her time investigating what it means to be unladylike.

Nicole Rodrigues

Comics Editor - Nerd. Girl. Writer. Photographer. Nicole Rodrigues is a lifelong Dork of all Trades but she loves her weeklies most. After creating Nerd Girl Pinups, she's gone on to write reviews for the Silver Snail, C&G Magazine and her personal blog. You can call her Fred if you really want to, especially on Twitter. Email - nicole@dorkshelf.com

Heather Knight

Heather Knight is a full time comic shop retailer who writes for Dork Shelf's comics section. With a passion for superheroes, mythology, and horror, she'll read and cover anything that catches her interest. Other vices include most fandoms (Harry Potter, Buffy, and Sherlock are her trifecta), archery, the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack, and Nightwing's butt. She drinks too much coffee and will talk your ear off about anything Arthurian or Battlestar Galactica if you let her. She loves heroes but often sympathizes with the villains, Slytherin is the coolest House, and she's an unapologetic werewolf enthusiast. She was born to two Trekkies, so there was really no chance of her not turning out this way. Nerds are the best. She also co-runs a women's comic book club and occasionally contributes to CBR. Witness.

Parker Mott

Parker Mott studied Film and History at Queen's University and has been writing film criticism since high school. He has written for publication outlets based in New York, Los Angeles, and (of course) Toronto. He also is pursuing a career as a writer-director, with his new short What Floor recently released, along with a feature in the works. He considers FILM the ultimate popular visual medium - virtually unsurpassable - and the movie theatre like a cathedral for great stories. He does his best to witness his cinematic experiences on the big screen. Currently, he's brainstorming a book on the works of Paul Thomas Anderson, so that man's movies are what is on his Dork Shelf right now. And also anything Hitchcock.

Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs masquerades by day as a Talent Coordinator for TV and radio in Toronto, but her (not-so) secret identity is actually that of super-nerd-girl! Her geekiest passions include sci-fi TV, graphic novels, Victoriana, dystopian YA lit, Harry Potter, and anything written by Aaron Sorkin. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope twenty-four times in theatres when it first came out, so it’s really not her fault that she turned out the way she did. Sam also contributes articles for CBC Live, The Televixen, and TdotComics, You can find her on Twitter @SamMaggs, if you're into that sort of thing.

Brandon Bastaldo

Brandon Bastaldo is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto's English and Cinema Studies programs. A life long comic book reader, film watcher, and fashion enthusiast, he feels luckier than ever to be reading, writing, and wearing the things he loves. Read his latest thoughts on his blog or here on dorkshelf.com.

Alex James

Alex James is a freelance writer who can sometimes be found on stages across Toronto and the world fronting his two-man alt-nerd-folk-rock-comedy duo Nerds With Guitars where he only sometimes writes about comic characters.

Diana McCallum

Diana is a sugar addict, comic book lover and co-creator of Texts from Superheroes. She has an inexplicable affection for sidekicks and spends her free time writing the nerdiest jokes possible for places like Cracked, Bleeding Cool, Top Tenz and Geekpron. She doesn’t game. Please don’t ask her if she games. How do you people even have time for that?

Corey Atad

Corey is a Toronto-based writer who enjoys such wonderful activities as procrastinating and sleeping. When he's not doing those things (and sometimes even when he is) he fills his time with as many movies and TV shows as possible. He's also got his own personal blog with a cheesy pun for a title: justAtad.

Jeff Brown

Founder and co-host of the Geek Nerd Dork Podcast. Email - jeff@dorkshelf.com

Rajiv Joshi

Recently moved back to Toronto after a year in the United Kingdom, Rajiv is once again and ready to attack anything “fan boy” related. Current weakness: Monopoly iPhone app set to highest difficulty with the “auction” function turned on. Not for the faint of heart fellow lads and ladies..."

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